Sunday, July 27, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cups


Last week I got a pedicure.  It was only the third professional pedicure I have ever received.  I like to think one day I'll be the type of person who regularly receives pedicures.  


People who regularly receive pedicures have the details of their life put together.  They dress nicely, always match, and wear the right amount of accessories.  They also wear perfume.  


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vegetable Tagine


A couple of weeks ago my coworker lent me a book entitled Eat to Live Cookbook.  It was full of veggie rich recipes, of which this is one.  

 

I had never heard of tagine before, but the ingredients intrigued me.  Tagine is a Berber dish from North Africa.  The name comes from the pot used to cook the dish.  The pot would traditionally be placed directly in the hot coals.  Tagine is supposed to be eaten with flat bread or couscous. 


From what I have read online, this is a Tunisian style tagine.  The Tunisian style commonly has cannellini beans or chickpeas.  This tagine is vegetarian, but many versions have meat.  


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chocolate Chip and Coconut Pancakes


Another pancake recipe!?  Will it ever end?  I use pancakes to use my leftover ingredients from other recipes.  It can make for some strange pancakes.  I bought coconut for my recent granola recipe, and I always have a couple of handfuls of chocolate chips lying around.  


Yesterday I saw Sabrina.  It was the one with Aubry Hepburn and not Harrison Ford.  My biggest complaint about the movie is how they try to portray the young Sabrina as a awkward and silly little girl, when really she is Aubry Hepburn.  It's just not very convincing.  


I'm envious of Aubry Hepburn.  She had such poise.  She was effortlessly graceful and elegant.   


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Coconut and Almond No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream


If you read food blogs as regularly as I do, you are aware of the no churn ice cream phenomenon.  I don't have a ice cream maker so I have wanted to try one of the no churn ice cream recipes out for a while.  



I had my doubts.  I was afraid that the ice cream would be dense and hard.  I thought the texture couldn't possible similar to a store bought ice cream.


I was pleasantly surprised.  This isn't going to be the last no churn ice cream I made this summer.  It's great to be able to make ice cream without having to purchase another kitchen gadget. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Carp with Rice - Timmen Samak


Happy friday!  Any exciting weekend plans?  I am going to a barbecue tomorrow.  If I am feeling particularly adventurous, I'll going swimming.  I don't mean recreational swimming but lap swimming.  


I really enjoy lap swimming.  It's great exercise, and I enjoy how my mind wanders because of the repetitive motion.  I do lots of good meditating when I swim.



This great recipe came from The Iraqi Cookbook.  It was very delicious.  It is supposed to have sumac, but I made mine without it.  I'm sure sumac makes the dish even better.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chocolate Chip, Cashew, and Coconut Muffins


Today at work I listened to "Stay With Me" ad nauseam.  Once I decide I like a song, I can listen to it on repeat for days.  After a week of endlessly listening to it, I can't listen to it again for months.  I don't care for the words or meaning of the song, but the tune is so catchy.  I can't get it out of my head.



I made another muffin recipe last week.  I can't seem to get enough muffins.  They are just so convenient.  I still have a few of these in the freezer when I need a fast breakfast.  


One of my favorite things about these muffins are the mound of chocolate chips in each one.  The recipe calls for an entire package of chocolate chips.  I often feel that baked goods do not have enough chocolate, but these muffins had enough.  That's rare praise indeed.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Vegetable Garbanzo Wraps


As I get older, I care more and more about the food I put into my body.  I exercise more and am less likely to binge on a pint of Ben and Jerry's.  There were times in junior high school when I would eat a candy bar and soda for lunch.  It provided no nutritional benefit, and by the end of school I was ravenous.  


A work friend let me look through a health cookbook called Eat to Live Cookbook.  These wraps are one of the few recipes I copied down.  All the recipes were packed with vegetables and had no meat.


The recipe says it makes four wraps, but I ended up making 6 wraps with the amount of vegetable filling I had.  The directions also wanted me to cup of the lettuce and mix it in with the other vegetables.  I decided to keep the lettuce leaves whole.